Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Giveaway Day: bold eco tote in a new design!

~~~ This giveaway has now ended. ~~~

I love this time of the year -- it's Sew Mama Sew's GIVEAWAY DAY!  I'm super-excited to participate, and to give away this eco tote in my brand new design!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Preparing to prepare

Advent.  A season of . . . 


I'm not very good at the first two, and certainly not the last one.  But introspection -- I take that to a whole 'nother plane of excellence!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: sewing with skirts for fabric

Recently, I shared my tips on sewing with shirts as a great source of fabric, and then how to deconstruct them to get the biggest bang for your buck.  Today, we're going to look at my favorite thing to shop for and repurpose -- SKIRTS!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: make a plethora of pillows

I went on a pillow-making binge several weeks ago.  The bobbin case on heavy-duty sewing machine had broke again, and while I waited for the back-ordered replacement part, I decided to do some sewing on my light-duty machine... for myself!  *gasp!*  I rarely sew for myself, or just for fun.  (I think almost all sewing is fun, but that's not quite the same thing.)  So I decided to sew a slew of autumn-themed pillows!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I let go for a happy Halloween

Every year, my Halloween duties get lighter and lighter.  As my children age, they like to plan and make their own costumes. . .  and I like to let them.  When my children were all very young, I stressed for daaayyyys, sometimes weeks, making elaborate costumes for each child.  It was insane.  I was crabby.  And it was all about me.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Reclaimed sewing: sewing with shirts for fabric: deconstruction

Yesterday, I posted on what to look for in a thrifted shirt, for the purposes of general sewing.  Today, we'll talk about my favorite part:  DECONSTRUCTION.


Did I mention that this is my favorite part?

When you're an expert like me, you can rip it all up, taking out all KINDS of frustrations on your sewing.  But baby steps. . . today we'll start with scissors.  :)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

10 DIY Halloween trick or treat bags

Every year at Halloween, we go on the hunt. . . for the cheap plastic pumpkins that I'd purchased (AGAIN) the year before.  If any are found, they're most assuredly cracked, missing its handle, or cemented with those those gross orange and black mystery goo candies that no one ever eats.  So then I'll typically rush to the store to pay another dollar for another crummy pumpkin bucket that won't survive the year.  Or I might just hand the kid a plastic bag and send them on their way.  Depends on the day I'm having.

But this year will be different!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tutorial: autumn acorn pillow

I went on a wild pillow-making binge recently.  I made so many pillows, too many pillows, but that didn't stop me!  Because I HAD to make an acorn pillow. . . .

So I wrote a little tutorial while I was making this one, just in case you get all crazy and want to make one, too.

Monday, August 31, 2015

So I had this hysterectomy. . . .

I had a total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy (fallopian tubes removed) in April.  For me, it was the best decision I could have made, and the timing was right.  For me.  It wasn't a decision made lightly.  And to clear up some confusion (mostly with a few family members) -- it had nothing to do with birth control or restricting family size, and everything to do with saving my health, and maybe a little of my sanity.

This post shares my almost year-long experience in preparing for and recovering from my hysterectomy.  I hope it can help, and give hope, to someone else struggling with pain and bleeding issues, or faced with this decision.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Eco Market Bags and a big update

Hello, friends!  I've been working on a couple of posts for you, and while those are not yet publish-ready, I still wanted to drop in and give a little update or two.

First, some shop news. . . .

I've added a brand new product to my refabulous shop -- Eco Market Bags!  They are patterned after the ever-present plastic bag, but the design and construction of my handmade market bags blows plastic bags away -- completely.

Monday, July 27, 2015

refabulous back to school update

It's that tiiiiimmmmme!  Back-to-school!  One of my favorite seasons -- FOR REAL!!!!  I seriously love it like Halloween and Christmas.  The smell of crayons and pencils and notebooks... mmmmm..... and I love back-to-school sewing even more! YIPPEEEEE!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Life is Fun

My lovely friend, Charlotte, once said, "life is fun."  

Life. is. fun.

That stuck with me.  Charlotte has not had an easy life.  By no means.  But she has made a beautiful life -- and is an angel on earth.  Seriously.  I wish you could all meet her.  But back to those three tiny words:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Serious and urgent

Friends,  last weekend, my sweet niece, Marley Sunshine, was in a terrible accident.  She has been literally fighting for her life ever since.  She sustained massive head injuries.  Marley is on full life support and in critical condition.  During the week so far, she underwent multiple surgeries to reduce the swelling in her brain and faced other complicating factors.  She has a very serious, difficult road ahead.

Monday, May 25, 2015

A little sewing and my new refabulous shop

Hello, friends!  I have so very much to tell you, but I think I'll start small for now. I haven't been sewing for the past several weeks due to having surgery last month (more on that later.)  I've been released to sew -- yes, I specifically asked my doctor about that -- haha! -- so I'm going to get started on that now.  Like, today!

I'm feeling better now than I have in YEARS, but I only have one chance to recover properly so I'm following doctor's orders to the T, and taking things sloooowww... it's hard sometimes.  I'm impatient.  ;)

In the long weeks leading up to my surgery, I found that sewing was very calming to my nerves.  I couldn't sew for long blocks of time; I had to take frequent breaks due to feeling like absolute hell but the sewing sure helped soothe me.  Some of these projects were gifts, some were custom orders. . . .

First up, a little outfit for my sweet friend Erin's precious bambino. . . .

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Scrappy: making potholders

I desperately needed potholders.  I can't even show you my old ones, because I didn't have any.  I threw them all away in disgust months ago and have been limping along with dish towels ever since.  Which is sad, because I bake and/or cook almost every single day.  Seeing all the pretty patchwork potholders on pinterest (say that three times fast,) I was finally inspired to scrap-bust and whip some up for my own kitchen!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Loving my lashes

I didn't mean to be gone so long.  We have major issues with our internet provider (as in they cap our data usage at 10 GB per month -- yes, we have more data on our phones!) so I had to wait until mid-month to have internet juice to post again.  *sigh*

But here I am, and don't my lashes look AMAZING?!  Here's what happened. . . .

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Exercising and not sewing

So much for more frequent posting.  After that last tutorial, I was all sewed out / blogged out for a bit.  Since then. . . .

we've had new babies. . . .

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Updates all around

First, a Brendan update. . . .

sunrise on I-20

We traveled to Dallas last week for Brendan's follow-up.  Heading out well before dawn, we made the trip there and back in a day, with Henry and Matthew tagging along.  Henry doesn't like to sit still, but he enjoyed himself, just the same.  And miraculously, NO migraine for me at all.  My ears did their weird roaring thing when we got home, for about 12 hours, but no head-splitting pain, so I'd call the trip a success.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine DIY: Easy felt heart tattoo applique tutorial

Henry neeeeeded a new shirt for Valentine's Day, and I wanted a design that could be worn long after the holiday.  I decided on a felt heart applique, with an embroidered banner in a flash tattoo-ish style.  I want to share the how-to with you, so you can make one for your little sweetheart, too!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

6 reasons why the thrift store should be your fabric store

It's no secret that my favorite fabric store is the thrift store!  Thrift stores offer a relatively untapped source of materials for sewing, craft and art projects.   While there are thousands (millions?) of Pinterest pins for repurposing everything from old picture frames to luggage, and entire blogs for refashioning clothing, I'm going to focus on general sewing with thrifted materials.

Why sew with thrifted fabrics?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Progress, not perfection

We're making some progress around here.

Brendan, especially. . .

How beautiful is this?  He still persevering in his PT, three times a day, every day.  I still can't believe how well his knee is healing and functioning.  It looks so normal!  He has a check-up this week, and I'm betting he'll be off of his crutch (he's only using one now) and maybe even out of his brace very soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tidy-up Tuesday

Hello, friends!  I spent some time last week tidying up around here, hopefully making this blog more useful for you, my readers.

Just above, you'll find multiple tabs/pages (finally!) so you can easily find my tutorials and patterns all in one place.  Hope that helps!

I'm also planning to post more regularly.  I'm aiming for three posts each week, so hopefully we'll be seeing more of each other.  :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When my skull cracks

I wasn't sure how, or if, I should write this post, as it's anything but crafty or sewing-related, but I've decided to share one of my crosses with you.  Maybe this will help someone struggling, or maybe give some insight into my disappearing acts here, in my shop, and in real life.

After suffering for over 20 years, I was diagnosed last year with chronic vestibular migraines, which basically means that one of my main migraine triggers is MOTION.  Seriously?  I mean, how can you not MOVE?  Long car rides, like our frequent trips to Dallas for Brendan's treatment, are pure hell.  It's not motion sickness.  I'm perfectly fine IN the car.  The hell begins when we stop.

fun for them, hell for me.

When the car stops. . . .

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A late Happy New Year, and an update

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  I've tried posting here a couple of times since we last spoke, especially while Brendan was in the hospital last month for PT, but the hospital's wi-fi was spotty, and then we got home and Christmas happened, so... here we are, a month later!  Let's jump in!

Brendan update. . . .

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